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Flight through the Orion Nebula in Visible Light

Component July 22nd, 2020

This visualization explores the Orion Nebula as seen in visible-light observations from the Hubble Space Telescope.

This movie is designed to be compared and contrasted against the companion movie using infrared-light observations from the Spitzer Space Telescope. As the camera flies into the star-forming region, it reveals a glowing gaseous landscape that has been illuminated and carved by the high-energy radiation and strong stellar winds from the massive hot stars in the central cluster.

The high-resolution visible observations show fine details including the wispy bow shocks and tadpole-shaped proplyds.

CREDITS: F. Summers, G. Bacon, Z. Levay, L. Frattare, M. Robberto and L. Hustak (STScI)

Acknowledgement: R. Gendler

Music: "Dvorak - Serenade for Strings in E Major", Advent Chamber Orchestra, CC BY-SA